Three ways to host an engagement party
Champagne is a must. It's a given. Or is it? Prosecco from the hills behind Venice, English sparkling wine or new age Spanish Cava are all in vogue and (almost) just as good. You'll be drinking bubbles for the next many months in celebration of your coupledom, so why not start as you mean to go on. Here's our take on matching an engagement party to any style or budget.
1 - An intimate brunch. Best suited to a smaller group of guests (say 30), brunch is often overlooked for engagement celebrations. Don't get hooked on an evening do. The beauty of a brunch is that you can stretch from a modest budget right up to an indulgent feast. And, when it comes to the food, anything goes, you can put some really colourful menus together. The advantage of starting early is that you can continue the celebrations throughout the day and if your guests have the stamina, into the evening.
2 - The drinks party. A drinks reception is well suited if your guests don't know each other that well. Everyone gets a chance to mingle and make new friends (probably at the expense of a joke or two about you). Bubbles are key, but why not mix it up with an offering of champagne cocktails to create some theatre. You'll need to provide some posh nibbles and canapés to keep the Great Aunt happy. The beauty of a drinks party is that you can go formal or informal, the choice is yours.
3 - A delicious dinner party. If you're out to treat a small group of guests then consider a dinner (or luxurious lunch) party. You'll need a private dining room where you really can be the centre of attention. This is where the venue really makes the difference... the right layout, a comfortable ambience, food and drinks to suit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime party so spend time thinking about what kind of celebration you're creating.
Whatever your preference, be sure to make contact with our venue hosts. They know their stuff, they've done this before and can help you put together a truly memorable engagement celebration.